Conferences Bring Pounds 8m to the Region; High-Profile Speakers Attracted

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Byline: Rob Pattinson

THE amount conference bookings are set to pull into the region has broken the pounds 8m mark.

Confirmation that three engineering conventions will be held in Newcastle and Gateshead, with a combined value of pounds 750,000, has been enough to for the sector to reach the threshold.

It follows announcements by tourism and development bosses that growth of the conferencing industry is key to the region's economic recovery and future financial stability.

The three conferences will attract high-profile speakers, academics and delegates from across the world when they take place at Newcastle University in the summer next year, after successful bids were made by academics at the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University.

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission V takes place at the end of June, 2010 after a successful bid was made in Beijing in July 2008.

A few days later the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (IGS) Workshop 2010 arrives. The previous conference took place in Miami in 2008.

Finally, the British Hydrological Society (BHS) International Symposium comes to Newcastle University in July next year.

Up to 600 delegates are expected to attend these three conferences, with many coming from overseas.

The pounds 8m threshold represents economic impact of association conferences via the Conference Ambassador Programme from 1 Jan last year to 2011, which have already been confirmed. …

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